Private Lands Stewardship Program

Private Lands Stewardship Program

Longleaf Pine

Our program for restoring wildlife habitat and longleaf pine on Private Lands in Georgia is supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Longleaf Stewardship Fund in partnership with Southern Company, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA Forest Service.

Georgia Wildlife Federation’s wildlife biologist Dr. JT Pynne is available to provide AT-NO-COST forestry and wildlife habitat management technical assistance to landowners in central Georgia. He will perform One-on-One site visits with landowners to assess land condition and landowner objectives and then provide management recommendations for:

  • Etablishment of new forest stands
  • Prescribed fire planning
  • Identification of plant species valuable for wildlife and methods for promotion
  • Identification of problematic plant species and methods for control
  • General silvicultural suggestions for stand enhancement that will enhance wildlife habitat quality

Additionally, given the range-wide ecological importance of longleaf pine restoration, this program emphasizes establishment, management and maintenance of longleaf pine. This effort expresses the importance of wildlife habitat that occurs within longleaf pine systems.

Historically, longleaf pine covered much of the southern portion of Georgia (green in the map below). Restoration of longleaf has already created excellent wildlife habitat on many private lands. In response to partner interests and to best complement existing programs promoting longleaf pine restoration and wildlife habitat enhancement in Georgia, we have identified several counties as highest priority (see map below). While we will emphasize these counties for longleaf pine and prescribed fire, provision of services will not be limited to this selection.

Know your land, understand the wildlife. For more information on enhancing wildlife habitat on your property, or establishing and managing longleaf pine, contact JT Pynne at or fill out the survey at the bottom of the page to see what the GWF private lands program can do for you.

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